I have returned! I must apologize, once again, for my absence from my blog. To put it simply; I’ve been dealing with a serious health problem the past few months. That, coupled with summer vacation (3 kids at home) left me no time… or motivation, to study much at all. Therefore, I had nothing to post about. Also, my Korean language partner and I have decided to stop our lessons together. You really get to see who a person really is when times get tough, and it’s probably best this way. I may try finding a new partner on italki soon.
Last weekend, I started attending the free Korean classes at one of the local universities (again). Last time I went, 2 semesters ago, I was in the intermediate class (there was only 1). I didn’t get much out of it though, most of the other students were still at the beginner level… so aside from some new vocabulary, it was basic. This time there are 2 levels of intermediate. Based on my prior experience I signed up for intermediate 2. Well, I will be going back to intermediate 1! The intermediate 2 class should be an Advanced level class. Out of the other students; 1 had been learning Korean for 8 years, and the rest are married to native Koreans and are pretty much fluent already! I couldn’t quite keep up. So, I spent 1/2 the session in the level 1 class… and can happily say that it is no longer a basic class. After talking to some fellow language learners on Facebook, the actual level of difficulty (in the free classes) seems to be on a sliding scale that varies with each teacher.
Lately I’ve been trying to nail down my understanding & usage of A/V~(으)ㄴ/는 데 , it is one of the most commonly used grammar points in the Korean language, but after all of this time it still gives me a headache. It can mean a few different things:
1. ‘so/therefore’ or ‘and’; when the 1st clause is giving background info for the 2nd. Ex) 제 동생은 학생인데 공부를 아주 잘래요. My little sister is a student, and she studies really hard.
2. ‘but‘; when you are contrasting 2 clauses. Ex) 저는 어니는 있는데 오빠는 없어요. I have an older sister, but not an older brother.
It really is simple enough, but for some reason my brain is fighting it. What grammar challenges are you facing? Feel free to comment below, so that we can wallow together 😆